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Tech Talk / Kosher Phones
« on: February 22, 2011, 11:42:24 AM »
I'm trying to help a Rosh Yeshiva get kosher phones for his yeshiva. Anyone know how these work? From what I've heard there are both gsm and cdma kosher phones. Anyone familiar with how exactly they do it? I understand that there is either/both a network/phone block.

Tech Talk / GPS on mobile phone/pda w/o data plan
« on: February 18, 2011, 01:49:31 PM »
What would be the best way to go? Windows? Android? Basically its gotta be on-board maps.

Deals/Deal Requests / Free tour of Israel's North when you fly Continental
« on: February 18, 2011, 10:06:21 AM »
Got this in the mail:
When you purchase a flight and hotel getaway from continental airlines vacations to Tel Aviv Israel, you will receive one complimentary, full day Biblical Highlights of the North tour per person, where you will visit Nazareth and other legendary sights in the Holy Land.
Travel dates 2/8 - 8/31
Purchase dates 2/1-2/28
You will receive:
  • Full-day Biblical highlights of the North tour. per person (maximum of 2 complimentary tours)
  • 1000 One pass bonus miles, in addition to actual flight miles.
Promo Code/E-Cert: CV13139
Via the Internet:
 Enter promotional code CV13139 in the Promo Code/E-certificate box on the Booking page.
Offer terms and conditions
  • Purchase  any Continental Airlines Vacations flight, hotel, and Biblical Highlights of the North Tour (tourist class) package  from any Continental Airlines Vacations origin to Tel Aviv,  Israel, between Feb 1-28, 2011, for  travel Feb 8 – Aug 31, 2011.
  • At  time of reservation, you must refer to promotional code CV13139.
  • Maximum of 2 passengers per booking.
  • Offer is 1 full-day Biblical Highlights of the North Tour (tourist class), per adult valued up to $148 per booking.
  • Maximum discount is $148 per booking; $148 off the Biblical Full Day tourist class tour.
  • Tour must be added to reservation at time of purchase.
  • Minimum 2-night hotel stay required.
  • Offer is not valid with Ski or Dive packages; Globus  family of brands including Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms; other discounts or special status fares (such as companion, agency/industry discount, free or  award tickets, web fares, senior fares or child rates); for groups of 10 or  more; and is not retroactive.
  • Must be purchased through  Continental Airlines Vacations.
  • Discount applies to qualified passengers only. Children  staying free in room do not qualify for discount.
  • Discount will recalculate if modifications are made to  the booking.
  • No refunds will be issued toward offer. Offer has no  cash value. Offer void if qualifying booking is cancelled.
  • Programs and availability may vary. Continental  Airlines Vacations flight reservations may be made up to 331 days in advance of flight departure.
  • Continental Airlines Vacations must issue all airline  tickets.
  • Standard Terms and Conditions apply and are outlined  during the booking process; other restrictions may apply.
  • Continental Airlines Vacations is the final authority  on the interpretation of these rules and reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions without prior notice.
  • Continental Airlines Vacations is managed, operated,  and marketed by MLT Vacations.
  • Participation in OnePass is subject to the terms and conditions of the OnePass program located at Please  allow 6-8 weeks after travel has been completed for miles to be posted to your  OnePass account

Up In The Air / Help with NYC-LAX award booking
« on: February 10, 2011, 11:29:28 AM »
A friend is looking for 3 tix NYC (preffered) or PHL to LAX 4/15 - 5/2 (4/15 is Fri so its gotta be in the morning). He's got 80000 *w or CO silver not enough miles, any ideas?

On The Road / Minimum Liabilty Provided by Rental Companies
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:55:04 PM »
I saw this at Hertz and thought some might find it useful. Basically the law requires that you have insurance when on the road, so the rental companies are required to provide liability insurance however, the limits in some states are pretty low as you can see.

Use coupon code K9B9J4H
From T & C
This   Offer is only valid on BN.Com from January 18, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. ET   through February 2, 2011 at 2.59 a.m. ET, while supplies last. Simply   add Parents Magazine (EAN 2000003284825) to your cart and then enter the   coupon code during checkout. Your discount will be applied at checkout,   shipping charges may apply.

Tech Talk / Sprint to Charge $10 Smartphone Tax
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:54:08 PM »
OK so I'll start the thread:
Its been reported in another thread (should be joined here) that Sprint will begin charging, effective Jan 30th a $10 fee for using ANY smartphone down to our old little centro.
My question is, that Today someone I know was told that they can't activate a Centro because they don't have Data plan. Does this make sense? Any connection?

Cheerios Honey Nut Cereal, 12.25-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 3)
List Price: $14.00
Price: $5.20
Can't post links from mobile
After S&S and coupon code BIGGNYNY, price goes down to $3.64.

General Discussion / Where to put $60,000
« on: January 10, 2011, 12:15:46 PM »
I know someone who just won a $60,000 settlement, anyone know of a high yielding, FDIC insured account? Any other options?

Credit Cards And Finance / Chase making it hard to avoid checking fees
« on: December 30, 2010, 06:36:09 PM »
I received a letter from chase today stating that DD to avoid fee has been raised to 500 dollar minimum.
Chase CheckingSM
We are changing how your monthly Service Fee is waived with
statement periods beginning February 8, 2011.
Monthly Service Fee – Not charged in any statement period
when you:
Have at least one direct deposit of $500* or more. The direct
deposit, which must be an ACH credit, may include a payroll,
pension or government benefit payment, such as Social Security;
Have five or more purchases using your Chase Debit Card or
Chase ATM Card post to your account. Withdrawals from ATMs
or cash advance transactions do not qualify.
Otherwise, $6

*Two or more direct deposits that add up to $500 or more but do not
individually equal or exceed $500, do not qualify.
Debit card usage will still waive the fee.
PS If you have less than the 6 dollar fee you'll only be charged whatever is in your account.

Tech Talk / HP Quickweb
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:03:17 AM »
HP Quickweb allows you to boot directly to a web browser in 5 seconds. My laptop did not come with it. I found a link for it and it installed on a separate partition. However, I have not been able to get it to work. Anyone know how to do it (I think it would need a change in BIOS as mine does not show an option to use quickweb)?

Each day’s full daily edition of Hamodia newspaper, Monday through Friday, can now be viewed at, free of charge.
Very soon, archives will also be available.

I just printed tomorrows for my wife. (a real waste of ink, especially those full page ads. I shouldn't have printed them)

General Discussion / Malicious Caller ID Spoofing to become illegal
« on: December 16, 2010, 01:51:59 AM »
WASHINGTON – (AP) — Congress moved Wednesday to stop scammers who use   fake caller IDs to trick people into revealing Social Security and   credit card numbers and other vital information.
House lawmakers trying to wrap up work for the year also passed a   second consumer protection bill that would crack down on third-party   sellers who prey on people during online purchasing transactions.
The Senate previously passed both bills and the House votes send them to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The caller ID bill, sponsored by Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Joe   Barton, R-Tex., addresses the issue of “spoofing,” where scammers use   the caller ID of, for example, a bank or a government office to deceive   people into giving them private information.
Engel cited one case last year where New York City police uncovered   an identity theft ring that used caller ID spoofing to steal more than   $15 million from 6,000 victims. In another case, a SWAT team shut down a   neighborhood in New Brunswick, N.J., after having received a distress   call from a person using a fake caller ID.
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said he was the victim of a phone spoofer   that bombarded constituents with calls that made it appear came from his   office.
The bill applies to those who use caller ID, the number appearing on   the phone of the person receiving the call, to defraud, cause harm or   wrongfully obtain anything of value.
Exemptions are made for law enforcement or intelligence activities   needing to conceal or change IDs, or for organizations such as domestic   violence centers which change numbers to protect an occupant of a   shelter.
The bill authorizes civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation, up to a total of $1 million for any single act.
The online purchasing protection act deals with a practice where   third-party sellers interrupt the online transaction process and try to   enroll consumers as customers or club members. Consumers may not realize   that they are dealing with a different company and may sign up for   membership for which they are then charged recurring monthly fees.
Sen. John D. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee   and sponsor of the bill, said well-known, reputable websites are earning   hundreds of millions of dollars by passing along their customers’   billing information, including credit and debit card numbers, to these   third-party sellers.
He said a one-year investigation carried out by his committee found   that such unauthorized charges from third-part sellers have already cost   consumers more than $1 billion.
The bill would require post-transaction advertisers to disclose the   terms of their offers and obtain billing information directly from   consumers. It would prohibit Internet retailers from transferring   billing information to third-party sellers and crack down on the use of   “negative options” where consumers are charged monthly fees until they   contact the third-party seller to cancel their memberships.

Just Shmooze / In case of a nuclear attack.... stay put.
« on: December 16, 2010, 01:10:14 AM »
U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable     By WILLIAM J. BROAD                       
 Suppose the unthinkable happened, and terrorists struck New York or   another big city with an atom bomb. What should people there do? The   government has a surprising new message: Do not flee. Get inside any   stable building and don’t come out till officials say it’s safe.       
     The advice is based on recent scientific analyses showing that a nuclear   attack is much more survivable if you immediately shield yourself from   the lethal radiation that follows a blast, a simple tactic seen as   saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Even staying in a car, the   studies show, would reduce casualties by more than 50 percent; hunkering   down in a basement would be better by far.       
  But a problem for the Obama administration is how to spread the word   without seeming alarmist about a subject that few politicians care to   consider, let alone discuss. So officials are proceeding gingerly in a   campaign to educate the public.

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